Archive for July, 2009
Posted on 30. Jul, 2009 by Matthew Sollars.
The first cut of our revenue opportunities list is now up here and in the side bar. We have another half dozen categories to add to this list, but please let us know if you think we’ve left anything out or missed the boat on something entirely. From this first list, I was surprised by […]
Posted on 29. Jul, 2009 by Matthew Sollars.
No, we’re not asking for donations. But, we do want to hear your ideas for new revenue opportunities for online news organizations. As we’ve been talking to news start ups from around the country, most everyone says they want to hear about new ways to make money, whether it’s to hire more reporters or just […]
Posted on 28. Jul, 2009 by Damian Ghigliotty.
Often, the slimmer the news organization the more dedicated its staff. The Arizona Guardian, a subscription-based news site in Phoenix, covers state politics as closely as any of its competitors. Except the Guardian’s five partners manage everything from the site’s political coverage to its information technology and sales. Their initial funder and co-owner, Bob Grossfeld […]
Posted on 27. Jul, 2009 by Matthew Sollars.
The wave of not-for-profit start-ups looking to cover local and statewide news continued to grow last week with the announcement that the Texas Tribune acquired the Texas Weekly, a subscription newsletter devoted to Texas politics and government. As newspapers continue to struggle and advertising revenues fall, it seems like new news organizations are finding it […]
Posted on 24. Jul, 2009 by Matthew Sollars.
As metro newspapers have faced an ugly year of decline and collapse, media observers have pointed to a number of not-for-profit efforts around the country that might fill the void. The Voice of San Diego is a notable example of a new breed of news organizations already taking up the slack, which is more than […]
Posted on 23. Jul, 2009 by Damian Ghigliotty.
The Chicago-based Chi-Town Daily News, a nonprofit metro news site that launched in December 2005, has set up a new kind of tip jar this month. As a way to pull in more funding, the site now tells readers the value of every article they read before requesting donations to support its ongoing coverage. “Reader […]
Posted on 22. Jul, 2009 by Matthew Sollars.
The publisher of The Alternative Press, Michael Shapiro, left his position as a litigator at a law firm in New York City to launch the site in October 2008. A longtime blogger, he started The Alternative Press (the online-only alternative to printed papers in the area) in just his hometown of New Providence, NJ. But […]
Posted on 20. Jul, 2009 by Damian Ghigliotty.
ESPN is extending its reach into hyperlocal sports coverage with plans to launch metro-based websites around the country, The New York Times reported today. As part of a trial run that started with ESPN Chicago, the self-proclaimed “world leader in sports” is gearing up to add three new cities to its target list: New York, […]
Posted on 20. Jul, 2009 by Matthew Sollars.
We’ve already profiled one sports site in-depth–MGoBlog, the soup to nuts destination for University of Michigan sports fans. Many more profiles are on the way. Unfortunately, we don’t have time to profile every site that fills out our survey, but they all deserve our thanks and recognition. The information they’ve provided will help us build […]
Posted on 19. Jul, 2009 by Jeff Jarvis.
The New York Times has accepted free stories from ProPublica. It has endorsed a journalist getting help from the public via Spot.US to underwrite a story that might appear at NYTimes.com. And Poynter’s Bill Mitchell says the paper is even wondering about foundation support for its work (but for perspective, I suspect one could safely […]